Common Names: German Chamomile
Latin Name: Matricaria recutita
Plant Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family)
Parts Used: Leaf, flower
Habitat: Native to Europe and other temperate regions; grows in common garden soil
Uses: For centuries, Chamomile has been taken for digestive problems, such as pain, indigestion, bloating, and colic. It is safe and gentle enough for children and can also be used for Crohn’s disease and IBS. Chamomile is typically known for its ability to relieve irritability and help sleep. Can be applied externally to help itchy skin and eczema.
Actions & Constituents: Bitter glycosides provide a carminative effect and digestive aid. Antispasmodic due to spiroether and antiallergenic due to chamazulene produced by proazulenes. Also has anti-inflammatory and relaxant properties.
How to Prepare: Can be made into an ointment, tincture, or tea.
Chamomile flowers can also be infused into a bath to relax children (or adults)